April 16, 2009
by Kim McGrath
There are many studies that show that it is student qualities that make for success in life – qualities much more important than the prestige of any one college or university. When conference participants were asked what student qualities inspired their work, potential, curiosity, hope, imagination, risk-taking, and a sense of wonder, were given. These qualities are the ones that educators are entrusted to nurture and cultivate. The current commercial environment of college admissions, however, underestimates the role of the student in making education happen and overestimates the rank of the college in this process, according to panelist Lloyd Thacker, the director of Educational Conservancy.